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Brigard Urrutia

Work +57 1 346 2011
Bogota, Cali

Catalina Santos

Work +5713462011 Ext. 8313
Brigard Urrutia

Work Department

Labor & Employment




Catalina joined the firm in 2005 and, after completing her master's degree and professional experience abroad, she returned in 2012 to lead the Labor and Employment Team. She has more than 13 years of experience exclusively devoted to the area of labor law and social security. During that time, she has advised companies in a host of matters related to individual and collective labor law and social security issues. 

Catalina is a graduate of the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and is admitted to practice in Colombia by the Consejo Superior de la Judicatura (2005) and in Spain by the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (2008). She obtained a LL.M degree in International Legal Practice at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. She also obtained an Executive Master degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues, in collaboration with the Harvard Law School in Madrid, Spain. She worked during 4 years as an associate of the labor area at Garrigues in Madrid (Spain) where she advised and represented in court Spanish and foreign companies in matters related to individual, collective and social security law. Furthermore, she pursued additional studies in Labor Law and Social Security at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Currently, she alternates her practice with lectures on Labor and Employment law at the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA).


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Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She obtained a LL.M degree in International Legal Practice at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. She also obtained an Executive Master degree in Business Law from Centro de Estudios Garrigues, in collaboration with the Harvard Law School in Madrid, Spain. 


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Brigard & Urrutia’s nine-strong team, under the guidance of Catalina Santos supported by key associate José Alejandro Sierra, is ‘exceptionally talented’ – and for some clients ‘perhaps the best with which we have ever worked’. The practice offers comprehensive labour and employment law advice to clients across the board and has a particularly strong participation – and reputation – in the collective bargaining segment, as well as in matters related to pension schemes and pension commutation processes, aspects which have been a key part in several negotiations within M&A transactions. The team also represents clients in labour litigations before judicial and administrative authorities. Highlights included acting for Credit Suisse in a labour procedure – significant due to the precedent established – in which the Supreme Court accepted the application of a foreign law to an employment relationship executed in Colombia. The team also assisted Grainger with a voluntary termination plan resulting from the closure of its Colombian operation and affecting a total of 327 employees located in 6 different cities. Dell, Cardinal Health, Philips Colombiana and the Embassies of the US, United Kingdom and Israel are among the practice’s clients.

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